PROVIDENCE RI - Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea,
is pleased to announce the latest exhibition opening June 7 at the Rhode Island
State Archives: “The Gaspee Raiders: Pirates or Patriots.” The exhibition
highlights the pivotal role Rhode Islanders played in our nation’s fight for
part of PVD Fest, the State Archives will be open on Saturday, June 9
from 12 to 4 p.m. Visitors will get to interact with Gaspee VR, a
virtual reality experience developed by students under the leadership of Adam
Blumenthal, Professor of the Practice of Computer Science and Virtual Reality
Artist-in-Residence at Brown University.
pleased to open the State Archives during PVD Fest to give visitors the
opportunity to learn about and interact with Rhode Island’s rich and robust
history,” Secretary Gorbea said. “With both the Gaspee exhibition and Gaspee
VR, they can see how the actions – big and small – by concerned citizenry
have shaped our history.”
historical reenactments filmed on a 360-degree camera, Gaspee VR places
users in 1772 Rhode Island. Those wearing a virtual reality headset will watch
as colonists discuss their plans to burn the Gaspee at Sabin’s Tavern in
Providence or witness King George III learning of the Gaspee’s fate at the
Palace of St. James. Attendees will also have an opportunity to meet and
provide feedback to Professor Blumenthal about this revolutionary educational
Gaspee VR will be available on June 9, 2018, and the
exhibition “The Gaspee Raiders: Pirates or Patriots” will run June 7 through
September 5, 2018 at the Rhode Island State Archives.
Rhode Island State Archives, a part of the Rhode Island Department of State, is
free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 4:30 pm at 337
Westminster Street in downtown Providence. Validated parking during business
hours is available adjacent to the building at InTown Parking.
Additional images from
the exhibition can be viewed online at the State Archives' Virtual Exhibitions
page at http://sos.ri.gov/virtualarchives/collections/show/30/.